Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Tommy Smith: Karma - review

Scottish saxophonist Smith, a 1980s teenage prodigy, is today the most respected European musicians jazz - for his mastery of sax, but for its influence on culture jazz of his homeland through the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and its youth wingfounded and still directs. Smith can play tremble full-on post-bop or Explorer North-Euro atmosphere, but it is a powerful fusion album - which seems quite familiar at first, with its hammering backbeats (from the fierce Alyn Cosker), unison slick vocals and keyboard and Headhunters bass guitar effects. But Smith is much too smart to clearly and this set for what he calls his "grunge group" turns out to be a rare splicing of themes to rich tones, like pipes, tenor orchestrated fiercely throat improv, Arabic and Irish musictight grooving which suggests Weather Report or Chris Potter group Undergroundet haunting some atmospherics of his shakuhachi bamboo flute. Compositions of Smith are average before fusion slam-bang usual incursions, and the infamous pensive Star (based on an Irish folk song) is a benefit of great sax-ballad.

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